Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A New Adventure for the New Year

 In an old warehouse....

on the edge of town....

is a thrifter's paradise...

and I now have a booth there!

It is called Rustiques, run by Liz and David....

He's the creative mind with great decorating, thrifting and upcycling skills, while she has a head for business. Together they have created a huge emporium of eclectic vintage treasures. I am so happy to have a booth in this fun place.

Here's a peek at the inside of Rustiques, and then I will show you my booth.

I want this door!

I want these clocks!

This is the White Room and it is filled with gorgeous items all different shades of white. It is the room where David shows his great decorating style.

And just behind this mantel is the room where my booth is. I have half of the room right now but hope to someday soon take it all!

The great rust table is not mine, it is the room divider for now. The items in front of it are mine.

If you are local in Wayne County, New York, and want to visit, Rustiques is located at 235 Murray St., Newark. They are open 9-5 Tuesday-Sunday year round. I like those hours! There is a Salvation Army next door and two other thrift stores on the street so it makes for steady traffic.

David said there is already a following there and Rustiques has become a destination for those visiting the area. He is constantly thrifting and picking for great items to fill the warehouse up. Before I rented a booth I would run into him at barn sales and have watched him in action.

I got a peek at some of his stash behind closed doors and there is no shortage of great treasures still to be put out.

Although winter is not the best time for thrifting with limited places to pick, I am always looking for new things to fill my booth.

My Etsy shop (on the sidebar) is going great and I am constantly re-filling it to stay above 500 items. Better SEO that way!

In the Spring I will decide if I am going back to Ye Olde Schoolhouse Country Store, closed for the winter. It was my first adventure in retail. You can read about it in my post titled Spreading My Wings.

I see a lot of pickin' and thrifting in my future to keep up and I couldn't be happier about that!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these fun blog parties:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year...A Birthday....A Wish

So, it's January again.

A new year.

A chance to do new things or improve on the old things.

It is the month of my birthday and this year is a biggie.


At the end of the month I am throwing myself a birthday party....girls only, at an Italian restaurant. My husband is paying for it as my gift.

I worked at the restaurant for 14 years in my younger days, so I got to pick the menu from all my favorites. No typical buffet for this girl.

You may not know this, but over the years I grew to not like my birthday too much.

Recently I was talking to a friend about the snow we used to get here in Upstate New York.

Remember the storm of 1967?

I was going to be 10 and because of the snowfall, my birthday party was cancelled.

We sledded out of the second story window of our suburban house, the snow was so high.


But not at my birthday party. That was never rescheduled.

It scarred me for life.

Not really.

I won't go into the details of all the bad birthdays, but by my 50th I decided to throw myself a party. I do not like surprise parties.

Or any surprises, for that matter. Unless I am forewarned, but then it wouldn't be a surprise.

My birthday is and always will be in the winter (which explains a lot of the bad ones) but I decided to go with it.

I had a winter wonderland party.

We rented a cute cabin on the lake in a park and decorated it with snowflakes and snowmen and served different kinds of soup.

It was great!

Some more bad and some good birthdays and here we are 10 years later at my 60th.

It will be a winter wonderland theme again, just in a warm restaurant this time.

I have chosen the décor, the food and most importantly, the guest list. I have painstakingly chosen those ladies in my life that I have a heart connection with. That I really want there to celebrate with me and I know they would really want to be there.

I have one birthday wish this year.

I would love it if I could fly all of my blogger friends in for the day to celebrate with me. Those of you that I share comments with, and also chat with via email. Those that I feel a real heart connection with by sharing every day life stuff with, or the love of thrifty treasures with, shared our homes and decorating ideas, and baked and cooked each others delicious recipes with.

Although I have never met you in person, you are on my party list.

I know it is not possible to bring in my blog friends from all over the country and from around the world. That is why it is a wish.

So I will have you there in my heart with my other guests. I will pretend we are eating great food, laughing together and exchanging hugs with each other.

Do you like Fettucine Alfredo?

It's on the menu along with Deluxe Carrot Cake for dessert.

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:

Share Your Cup
No Rules Weekend Blog Party

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Unto Us

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
 and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful,
 Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

To all my blogging friends....

 Wishing you


Blessed Christmas

and a

Bright New Year

filled with

See you in the
New Year!

AnnMarie xoxo

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays....

"Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
 'Cause no matter how far away you roam
 When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
 For the holidays you can't beat home, sweet home…"

Perry Como first sang that classic song in 1954, and although it was before I was born (a little bit!), I love that era and try to capture the magic of it with my vintage Christmas decorating.

Welcome to my home where I love to create vignettes for Christmas out of my vintage treasures....

Walk through my narrow hallway into the parlor.....

In keeping with the style and decor of the Parlor, I have done a totally new look on the mantel. I found the large paned window at a yard sale this summer for $5 and did not know what I was going to do with it....

I had the wreath and angel candlesticks from years ago and I found the JOY sign at Aldi's. It lights up at night. I also put fairy lights behind the window.

A trio of trees light up my vintage table....

I first set my 1980's nativity up like this last year and this year added the fairy lights inside the cloche....

This side table is one of my favorite vignettes for it's vintage appeal....

Next into the dining room, where I have decorated the most. I love the freshly painted walls after living 20 years with busy wallpaper. I tried to keep it simple but it was a blank canvas!!

The pretty tree ornament was made by Stephanie from Rose Petal Blessings.

I just made this cute aqua sign. I saw the simple tutorial on Kimberley's Seaside Ave. blog. I had everything I needed and it was done in no time. My daughter is hinting to me to make her one!

The kitchen is very simple. I usually do a vintage tree with deer vignette on top of the fridge but since we are buying ourselves a new black stainless refrigerator for Christmas, I am holding off. It arrives next week!!

I love this cute gnome, a gift from my husband. I may have to start a collection....

I have had the Santa, reindeer and tree for over 25 years. They are hand cut tin made by a local tinsmith.

And finally to the living room, with the star of the decorating....THE TREE! Can you tell I am excited?!  If you were following me last year you may remember my handmade door tree that I reluctantly put up in lieu of a real tree because of a pair of 5 month old kittens. It was cute but I really wanted a real tree again. So far so good with the kitties, who are now a year and 5 months old.

I hung lemon slices from the bottom branches to deter naughtiness and it seems to be working. Kitties don't like citrus!

I was able to once again put all my ornaments out that I have had since I was a child plus my kids ornaments from when they were children, and a few new ones mixed in. The garland is Fun Fur yarn and I love the old fashioned look it gives the tree.

The fresh fir smell of the tree is intoxicating!

Cyrus and Sprite, you better behave throughout the holidays!!

My granddaughter Cassidy painted the cute hand tree and the Santa is hand painted by a local artist.

I found this vintage ceramic tree at a church youth bazaar and bought it with the intention of selling it. It is missing it's star on top so until I find one, I will just have to decorate with it! (oh, darn!) The tree skirt is vintage made of  felt with sequins and is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Believe it or not I still have a few more places to finish decorating, and a few more kinds of cookies to bake.

Now that I have two booths (post about that in the future!) and an Etsy shop, it may not all get done!

I am enjoying what I have done so far and it is definitely enough!

Are you done decorating yet?

AnnMarie xoxo

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